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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re learning more tonight about the investigation of a Laney High School assistant principal. Last week we told you a criminal investigation into Robin Lamberty has been closed, but the New Hanover County School Board is still looking into what’s happening.

The school board won’t say much about its investigation, but a report from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office shows deputies there were looking into allegations that came from a day at the beach.

The incident report says investigators were looking into underage drinking involving two young men, Travis Keys and Antwan Bosier, and Lamberty over Memorial Day weekend.

Deputies interviewed two witnesses who say they saw Lamberty and the two young men drinking alcohol, dancing and holding hands on a boat off a Pender County beach May 29.

One witness was New Hanover High Boys Basketball Coach Kirk Angel, who said he recognized the boys as players for an opposing school. He said there was no doubt in his mind that both Keys and Bosier were drinking alcohol. He also said that Lamberty’s behavior with the two boys was not appropriate in his opinion.

Another witness said she worked with Lamberty at Laney and was devastated by what she saw, including Lamberty kissing one of the boys. Melissa Pitz said she saw Lamberty leaning up against one of the boys, kissing him for about ten minutes on the beach and provided pictures taken a distance from the boat.

When detectives spoke with the two boys, they both denied drinking at the beach.

After investigators questioned Keys about the kissing incident, he said it never happened. He refused to take a lie detector test because he said he did nothing wrong.

Investigators also interviewed Lamberty and her attorney. The deputies told them they could not prove what the teenagers were drinking, so they closed the case.

A spokeswoman for New Hanover County Schools says the investigation into Lamberty continues, so they can not give details on what they know. She says Lamberty is still on paid leave.

We tried to reach Lamberty today, but she has not returned our call.

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19 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Report details investigation into Laney assistant principal"

2015 years 9 months ago

I was not one of the interviewed witnesses. However, I was one of 8+ people whom was there to see her drinking with these boys. The kissing was not a peck on the cheek. The kissing was lip smacking intense!!!! We now know that it is not against the law for a teacher outside of school to drink alcohol, and kiss a student of whom goes to the same school she is an assistant principal. Can someone tell me if this happens in school is it against the law? I am 99.9% positive the two witnesses do not know each other, and have never discussed this incident to each other. This is simple a case of a teacher whom terrible over step her teacher to student responsibilities. The witnesses intentions are simple to protect the students. I am truly sorry for what I witnessed, I am thankful that my name is not in the article above!! We should accept the fact that two people have stood up, put themselves in a position that they would prefer not to be in. I can understand their turmoil. I ask that you please not second guess what others have seen, they have suffered enough for others inappropriate actions. I pray that the school boards decision, protects the students, and somehow reassures all of us it is still OK to do the right thing!!

2015 years 9 months ago

I am glad you pointed out that the witnesses do not know each other and I am quite sure that Ms. Lamberty lost her mind to think this was okay out in public..I am proud of Coach Angel and Melissa Pitz for having the courage to report it..it dosent make it all right because this is a woman doing the act instead of a man..the article mentions two boys but there is another one that was staying with her..Parents, you have to show up for these school board meetings and let your concerns be heard..I’m glad the school board is taking the witnesses and pictures into account and she should be made to pay back every dollar she earned perpetrating as a teacher for NC because it seems all she was doing for roaming the high school halls for potentials.

2015 years 9 months ago

Regarding the post from the person who witnessed the incident concerning the assistant principal of Laney High School, please contact the Division of Human Resources of the New Hanover County Schools and ask to speak to the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. The number to call is 910-254-4257. The school system wishes to thank those individuals who made us aware of this posting.

Guest tardy
2015 years 9 months ago

Careful how you go about gathering information in your criminal investigation of this woman/employee. Looking for clues on the internet is dangerous, just ask UNCW police and how well their investigation ended up on the Strickland case. And those were “real” cops.

Hey I saw a teacher doing (fill in the blanks) with an underage student. In fact it wasnt just one teacher it was about 300 of them. Shut them down!

I suggest getting your white robe and pointy little hat to the cleaners, it’s showing stains of stupidity.

2015 years 9 months ago

1. The coach is a former police officer. Proffering evidence based upon burden of proof is instilled in the training. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and feels like a duck….it probably is! This had nothing to do with basketball.
As to the law and school district posture, if the photographic evidence is inconclusive, and testimony from the student(s) and the teacher disputes the allegations, then where should we go?
In your profession, are you duty-bound to uphold standards? report wrong doing? Failure to report would have been dereliction of duty.
As to the Courts and the Public School System, they have been failing the taxpayer for years. In the 1950s, this chick would have been fired immediately. Integrity is everything!

2015 years 9 months ago

we have a basketball coach who expresses his opinion concerning inappropriate behaviour; and although he was not near enough to view the contents, he is certain the 2 lads were drinking alcohol. Oh yes, he coaches for an opposing school.

And another witness who was devastated by what she saw. Of course it was at a distance.

Neither New Hanover County or Pender County law officers could find wrong doing on the part of the assistant principal.

So now, throw it back in the lap of the School District.

How many times does this dead horse get whipped?

Are the 2 students even in school or did they graduate?

Guest Super Dave
2015 years 9 months ago

How would you suggest a district attorney prosecute this case? The supposed teenage “victims” say nothing happened, which matches the story of the alleged criminal. Hard to prove a crime when the victim says no crime ocurred. You can’t prosecute someone because the “victim” won’t submit to a polygraph? I guess innocent until proven guilty means nothing to you.

2015 years 9 months ago

Is Pender County needing a refresher course on conducting Investigations? You got two well known people in the public school system who gain nothing in these accusations witnessing these acts and a student who refuse to take a lie detector test and yet no prosecution..umm..why not do a lie detector test on Lamberty as well??

2015 years 9 months ago

Refusing a lie detector test is not evidence. Witnesses can be used to testify, but if they were at a distance, how would they know what exactly the boys where drinking? Did someone witness her buy the drinks for the boys? Holding hands and kissing a 16-18 year old boy is inappropriate given her position at a school, but it’s not against the law if the boy was over the age of consent, and he consented, which it sounds like he did.

2015 years 9 months ago

BIG DEAL, I’m sure nobody lost their virginity.

2015 years 9 months ago

I guess you don’t know that there are laws in the land that protect individuals. Since lie detectors are in admisable in court what good are they? No one can be compelled to take one and of course the 5th amendment and Miranda says an accused has the right to keep silent. Remember all of those? It is still the Law that one is not guilty unless proven otherwise. Hearsay and gossip never convicted anyone of anthing!

Guest Apu
2015 years 9 months ago

Lie detectors are not admissable as evidence, and you can’t force anyone to take one. And the boys and Asst. Principal all deny any inappropriate behaviour took place. It is a “he-said, she-said” case, and the sheriff’s dept doesn’t feel that is enough to make an arrest. They most likely discussed this decision with the DA’s office too.

2015 years 9 months ago


I don’t know why I am continually surprised when I read comments like this.

Guest beacher
2015 years 9 months ago

Was all this because she was in mixed company? The guys were black, she is white, is that what she is being railroaded for?

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 9 months ago

Why in the world would two different school employees, from two different schools, come up with these accusations unless there was substance to them. 99.9% of adults know when people have been/are drinking alcohol and they also know inappropriate behavior between school adminstrators and students, whether current or recently graduated. Does anyone think these three people are readily going to admit to what they did? Compare this situation to the coach that was recently dismissed in Pender County for, what was it, cursing at a student. I do not know any of the people involved in any of these situations but I know that when it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

watch your back
2015 years 9 months ago

PLEASE LEAVE THIS LADY ALONG, These boys are old enough to tell if they feel like something is wrong. If you feel that she did something to them in the past why in the hell they aare still around her. Where is the parents of the boys.They need to be home with teir parents, if not put them in a roup home. Mrs.LAMBERTY LET THEM BOYS GO HOME ARE SOME WHERE ELSE. IF NOT YOU WILL BE A MICHEAL JACKSON CASE. WATCH YOUR BACK.

2015 years 9 months ago

she’s a weirdo (thats what we would call her if she was a male teacher). i would keep my kids away from her, she needs counseling & she needs to be fired. the school admin is cowardly, she could be dismissed for the info that is currently available. because, if she was a male teacher caught playing doctor with children, she would be fired & locked up.

2015 years 9 months ago

I’m sure it was Kool-Aid in the Corona bottles they were drinking from…

2015 years 9 months ago

….a good, wholesome, innocent and innocuous explanation of why an assistant principal would even BE in the company of only two students in an after-hours recreational setting?


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